Graham Hughes

Advanced Professional Member
Location CHESTER, CH1, Cheshire
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Copy-editing for publishers


  • In Word using Track Changes
  • On paper using BSI symbols

Proofreading for publishers


  • PDF mark-up via Adobe Acrobat Reader (using the Comment feature) or PDF-XChange Viewer (using stamps for the BSI symbols, or other notation as required)
  • On paper using BSI symbols

Business editing

This flexible service can be of great help in enhancing a business’s written material – such as reports, proposals, newsletters and marketing content – by:

  • making it clear, concise, readable, coherent, consistent and professional
  • considering the target audience and its needs, along with key business priorities
  • eliminating jargon, business-speak and ‘flowery’ language.


  • In Word using Track Changes
  • PDF mark-up via Adobe Acrobat Reader (using the Comment feature); will also consider other forms of mark-up

Style guide deveIopment

Creating or revising a style guide, to help ensure consistency in an organisation’s written output.

My website has more on what I can do for you, plus guidance on pricing and payment.

Editorial experience

I’ve been a full-time editor and proofreader since 2013. Please visit my website for a detailed portfolio and full list of testimonials (you can find a few on this page).


Editing and proofreading

  • Books: trade non-fiction (mainly sport, including football and cricket), academic (mainly humanities), educational/technical, self-help, fiction
  • Business documents: reports, reviews, bids, proposals
  • Client magazines, newsletters
  • Website content, marketing material, catalogue, menus
  • Online training material, staff training guides
  • Research papers, articles, theses, dissertations, essays
  • School reports


  • Ongoing revision and updating of a corporate style guide
  • Creating a style guide for a publisher
  • Review of the ‘brand lexicon’ for a hotel chain’s menus



Other businesses

Other organisations


  • Independent authors
  • Researchers, students, freelances, jobseekers

Training, CPD and education



  • Plain English for Editors (2019)
  • Editing Digital Content (2019)
  • Efficient Editing: Strategies and Tactics (2017)
  • Mentoring for Copy-Editing (2016)
  • Copy-Editing Progress (2016)
  • Mentoring for Proofreading (2014)
  • Proofreading Progress (2014)
  • Introduction to Copy-Editing (2014)
  • Introduction to Proofreading (2013)

Publishing Training Centre:

  • Copy-Editing – Merit (2015)
  • Basic Proofreading – Merit (2014)

Online Content Training:

  • Online Content: Writing and Editing Skills (2018)

The Writers Bureau:

  • Proofreading and Copy-Editing (2012)

PRINCE2 (project management):

  • Accreditation at Foundation level (2008)

CPD (continuing professional development)

  • Regular involvement in SfEP local groups: attending many meetings, and coordinating the Manchester group for two years
  • Frequently using and contributing to the SfEP’s online forums, including two years as an administrator
  • Attending each annual SfEP conference from 2015 to 2019
  • Reading articles and books on editing, proofreading and related subjects such as plain language 


BSc (Hons) Data Processing – Loughborough University, 1987


I worked in IT for 26 years as an analyst, developer, project manager and team leader, in the transport, financial services, government (US, state-level), telecommunications and retail sectors. Employers: British Rail, Strategic Systems Solutions, Pinkerton Computer Consultants, Capgemini.

I’m also the author of a book on the history of football, rugby and all related sports.


I can work with most subjects, but have specialist knowledge of the following:

  • Information technology – analysis, computer programming, testing, project management, quality assurance, support
  • Sport and its history
  • Rock and pop music

I also have substantial experience of editing business material.


Graham has copy-edited several books for us and his work has consistently been of a very high standard. His application of house style and attention to detail is nothing short of excellent and I am happy to recommend him.

Dean Rockett, Pitch Publishing

We three would like to thank you profusely for the detailed, expert work that you are doing on our book manuscript. Indeed, we are scratching our heads and trying to recall if any of us have ever seen better copy-editing!

Mary Elise Sarotte, Dean’s Professor of History, University of Southern California

We use Graham as a regular editor of our business reports, a task to which he brings both a keen eye for detail and an instinctive sense of style … He copes well with the vagaries of our ever-changing timelines, is able to handle challenges well beyond normal editorial services, and is always professional. I recommend him very highly.

C J Rowe, delivery and quality manager

Graham's work has consistently been accurate, comprehensive and insightful. His can-do attitude and efficient approach make him a valuable asset to any publishing enterprise.

Editor, B2B content marketing agency